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Mexico’s Ruling Party Used $5.2 Million Cash Cards

PRI logoAssociated Press, 1/25/2013

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute has confirmed that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s party spent about $5.2 million through electronic cash cards during last year’s presidential campaign. While opposition parties had charged the money represented illicit campaign financing, the institute said it found no evidence of that.

Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party has said the money was used for normal party personnel expenses, but the funds aroused suspicion, because the money appeared to have been triangulated through several shadowy companies instead of being disbursed directly from party coffers. Opponents also said they suspected that corporations may have used the cards to make campaign donations, something that is prohibited under Mexican law.

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Mexico heeds UN rights body’s request to shelve plans to destroy 2006 presidential ballots

The Washington Post, 11/14/2012

Mexican electoral authorities say they are abandoning plans to destroy ballots from the hotly disputed 2006 presidential election after a U.N. human rights commission asked the government to hold off.

The president of Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute says storing the ballots has cost Mexico about $8.7 million over the last six years. But Leonardo Valdes said Wednesday that Mexico will heed the request and continue to hold the ballots at a warehouse until all concerns are resolved.

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Political Parties Fail To Follow Law of Gender Equity for 2012 [In Spanish]

Sinembargo, 2/28/2012

Political parties in Mexico are less than a month away from the registration of their nominees for seats in the Lower and Upper chambers in the Congress of the Union. This information must be presented to the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) and according to electoral law, at least 40% must be female candidacies. But so far, none of the parties seem to be meeting this requisite.

This gender quota was imposed in November of last year by the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Mexican Federation and requests that, at minimum, 60% of the candidates are male and 40% female. Civil organizations in Mexico, however, are increasingly vigilant of political parties so that this commitment is actually met next month.

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Mexico’s electoral commission fines boxer for wearing party’s logo on trunks before election

The Washington Post, 2/22/12

Mexico’s election commission says its members have unanimously voted to fine a Mexican boxer for wearing a political party’s emblem during a match broadcast last year.

The Federal Electoral Institute says welterweight Juan Manuel Marquez will have to pay 29,000 pesos ($2,260 dollars) for having the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s logo emblazoned on his trunks during the fight in Las Vegas.

Marquez lost to Filipino Manny Pacquiao in the Nov. 12 bout, which was watched live by millions in Mexico. The governing National Action Party complained that the logo violated a temporary ban on campaigning ahead of elections in Michoacan state.

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The Week In Review

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 1/9/2012

Happy New Year and welcome to the election year! In recent weeks, electoral laws limited campaigning for “candidates únicos” Enrique Peña Nieto and Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The PAN announced plans for candidate debates and frontrunner Josefina Vázquez Mota suggests boosting private investment in Pemex. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD) released his intended cabinet appointments, as his party fielded a wide array of contenders for the Mexico City mayoral race. The PRI faced the reversal of its November victory in the Morelia mayoral election.

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The Week In Review: 12/19/2011

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 12/19/2011

Josefina Vázquez Mota has a substantial lead over her two competitors for the PAN nomination, according to a new poll. Enrique Peña Nieto names his campaign coordinator, while the Mexican Congress finally selects candidates for the open seats in the Federal Electoral Institute.

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